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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 30, 2013, 10:12:55 PM »
5d Mk III, 70-200 2.8L II @200mm, ISO 400, 1/1000@f/2.8. Very tight crop.  This lens never ceases to amaze me!
Beautiful Portrait Nonac!

Thanks.  I really like how the sunlight hi-lighted the feathers on the edges.  It also seemed to make the beak almost glow.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 30, 2013, 09:46:42 PM »
5d Mk III, 70-200 2.8L II @200mm, ISO 400, 1/1000@f/2.8. Very tight crop.  This lens never ceases to amaze me!

5D MK III Sample Images / NHRA
« on: September 27, 2013, 10:45:48 PM »
I'm at an NHRA event for the very first time.  Rather challenging.  The car in this pic was probably doing 250+ mph when it passed me as it accelerated to around 312 within a couple hundred more yards.  Tough to pan and get tack sharp images, especially after dark.  Shot with a 5d Mk3, 70-200 2.8L II, 70mm, ISO 10,000, 1/1250 sec, f4.5. I normally shoot RAW, but I forgot that I had shot some images in JPEG yesterday and forgot to set it back to RAW. this image was straight from the camera with minor cropping. 

Lenses / Re: First Time: College Football Oh Boy!
« on: September 25, 2013, 11:00:42 PM »
I have shot a lot of HS football using the 100-400 and 70-200.  I think the 500 may be a little too much.  I would rather take the 400 2.8. As for tips, watch what the veteran photographers are doing.  I follow newspaper and local news sports reporters around on the sidelines. They have shot hundreds of games and tend to know where to be most of the time.  I try to stay behind the defense and watch the plays coming toward me.  Also, when they are in the redzone, the back of the end zone is generally the best place to be.  Good luck and have fun!

Canon General / Re: Canon partially relented
« on: September 13, 2013, 01:41:16 PM »
Just got the e-mail. Glad to see they're listening.

Lenses / Re: 85L or 135L?
« on: September 10, 2013, 12:04:32 AM »
I've never used the 85.  I do own the 135 and use it most of the time for indoor high school sports, basketball, volleyball, wrestling.  Of these 3 sports I find that volleyball is the most challenging to shoot because everything is moving so fast.  I get very good results with the 135 on my 5d III.  It focuses fast, handles the poor lighting found in most gyms, and is sharp.  I generally walk out of the gym with many "keepers" from the action. 

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Online Storage/Cloud - What's Good?
« on: September 07, 2013, 01:45:16 PM »
I don't have online storage, but rather online or off-site backup through Carbonite. I can then access any of my files from another computer and even my iPhone or ipad.  Very cheap insurance for l of your files. I think it is around $60 a year.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Boo Amazon!!!
« on: September 03, 2013, 05:14:20 PM »
The Internet and online sales took a lot of revenue away from the states. Add the economic downturn in there and states are looking for ways to get that revenue stream back.  Can't say that I blame them.  Who would have thought 25 years ago that states would lose so much in revenue through purchases made via the Internet.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deals: Canon Lens Price Drops
« on: September 03, 2013, 05:10:04 PM »
I'm glad I grabbed a 135 f/2 last Fall when I found it for $879.  It's $210 more now.

Lenses / Re: prime focal length choices
« on: August 27, 2013, 03:16:32 PM »
I have the 135 which is perfect for indoor sports such as basketball and volleyball.  It focuses fast on my 5d III, is tack sharp, and is great for some of the venues that are not lit very well.  I've also used it to shoot concerts if I'm in the first few rows of the performance.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 17, 2013, 10:40:10 PM »
Juvenile Male Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

EOS 5d Mk III, 70- 200 f/2.8L II  + 1.4x III extender.  280mm,  1/500 sec @ f4.0, ISO 640

Lenses / Re: Suggestion for High School Football lens on 5D3
« on: August 07, 2013, 09:15:06 PM »
I've taken some great shots with my 5d3 and a 70-200 2.8 Mk II.  you will find that you can crop quite a bit with the images from the 5d3 and still have excellent results.  a couple pics i posted here are at the link below.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Can you help me identify this bird
« on: July 30, 2013, 10:41:51 PM »
Pretty sure that is a juvenile Mountain Bluebird.  I have a nesting pair of Eastern Bluebirds in my backyard, but haven't seen the juveniles yet.  They are very similar.

Technical Support / Re: Canon 5D3 at airshow
« on: July 16, 2013, 10:51:46 PM »
5d III, 70-200 2.8II.  Cropped.

Technical Support / Re: Canon 5D3 at airshow
« on: July 16, 2013, 09:19:13 PM »
Lighting conditions can change as you are tracking planes.  To help compensate for this, I will set my 5d III manually as to shutter and aperture, then set the ISO to auto.  Seems to work well. 

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